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Loans

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (the RAA) administers financial assistance programs including loans to primary producers and small business operators on behalf of both the NSW and Australian Governments.

Summary

Read Choose the right loan for your needs for a summary of available grants.

Farm Innovation Fund

The Farm Innovation Fund provides farmers with a low interest loan to improve permanent on-farm infrastructure, and ensure long term profitability and sustainable land use.

Drought Assistance Fund

The new Drought Assistance Fund is an interest free loan of up to $50,000 to help farmers bring in fodder and grain to sustain stock on hand, install water infrastructure and collect and store genetic livestock material.

Disaster Assistance Loans

Natural disaster assistance loans help communities and individuals directly affected by flood, fire, storm damage or any other declared natural disaster.

NSW Forest Industries Innovation Fund

The Forest Industries Innovation Fund offers low interest loans to support the sustainable growth of the forestry industry in NSW.

Commercial Fisheries Business Adjustment Program

A scheme to assist the commercial fishing industry in NSW to manage restructure impacts.

Regional Investment Corporation

The Australian Government has established the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC). From 1 July 2018, farmers will need to apply to the RIC for the Commonwealth’s farm business concessional loans. Contact RIC on 1800 875 675.

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